Monthly Archives: May 2010

Consequently . . .

By Leta Witt — pastor’s wife and free-lance writer from Gravette, Arkansas.

As a pastor’s wife, I have come into contact with people from various backgrounds. Some of my friends have drug addicts for parents and struggle with additions themselves. Others come from abusive and dysfunctional homes, others have extremely controlling parents. When I look at these lives, it makes me realize how very blessed that I have a holiness heritage. Both my grandfathers and at least one great-grandfather were holiness preachers. My father invested most of his life in Christian school education. These men didn’t just profess holiness, they lived it. Consequently, my two brothers are very involved in their churches and our three children are serving the Lord. Since our forefathers determined to serve God, a blessing has been felt in each succeeding generation.

Abraham had a choice to make: obey God and step out into the unknown, or stay in comfortable, familiar Ur of the Chaldees. However, God sweetened the command with the promise of his progeny’s becoming a great nation and also being the source of great blessing. How wonderful when people today decide to serve God. Their families and others are recipients of the resulting blessing from God.

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Put Your Ear Down

“‘Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face — whose mercy you have professed to obey — and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.”

Those are the now famous words of William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army which has been ministering in response to those pitiful wails since 1865. Booth reached out to drunks, prostitutes, and thieves on the London streets. His wife, though living in a time when women had no right to teach or preach or work, became the army Mother and a highly respected preacher and theologian. Their daughter followed likewise, singing and preaching. Joe the Turk discovered the Salvation Army while he was just in his teens; he came to their aid and saved them from violent attackers on multiple occasions before he salvation and joined their ranks.

The stories go on, a few themes recurring. Jesus saves. He saves the undesirables. He calls the unusables. His mission is for everyone.

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Prayer Time

Praying and using prayer are two very different things. To use prayer is to manipulate an important part of the Christian relationship to get something. According to dictionary.com, to pray is “to offer devout petition, praise, thanks” to God.

Offering petitions, we understand, and we’re pretty good at those, too. Offering praise and thanks is often a bit less natural., but we will get in a little practice here.

Herald and Banner Press and Bookstore has many reasons to praise the Lord.

It is raining today, yet an office that has been soggy with leaks recently is now splendidly dry.

Another quarter of Sunday school material is being sent out.

Some of the Herald and Banner family that have been struggling with illness recently are beginning to mend.

Praise the Lord!

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Missionary Mothers

By Michelle Avery — Editorial Assistant, Herald and Banner Press

This month in The Church Herald and Holiness Banner, editor Mark Avery wrote about “Unseen Missionaries” — those people who spend their lives at home yet somehow manage to reach out to countless needy people.

It seems only proper in the month of Mother’s Day to mention the unseen missionaries we celebrated last Sunday. Mothers often find themselves serving as taxi drivers, short-order cooks, and talking encyclopedias. They seem accustomed to the hundreds of inconveniences met each day.

Still they also find time to volunteer at church — singing, teaching, crafting, and babysitting. Mothers become missionaries when they mingle their love for God with their love for their children and neighbors.

Thank God for mother missionaries!

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Mother of Pearl

Pearls are beautiful things created under immense pressure. They are much sought after and greatly prized, but did you know there is a mother in every pearl’s life?

“Mother of Pearl,” or nacre, is the iridescent lining of some mollusks’ shells. Much like the stone it surrounds, Mother of Pearl is lovely and has been used by man for many years. Buttons, trinkets, and man-made pearls are some of the uses, but this shiny covering is much more important before man sees it.

Mother of pearl is the lining that keeps a little pearl safe. Layers of this pretty substance grow around a mollusk, forming its shell and growing with it. Predators are blocked. The mollusk is protected, yet allowed to grow. Even irritants are smoothed away; sometimes this mother of pearl even surrounds some small bothersome particle and places it within the mollusk where great pressure turns it into a splendid pearl.

No wonder it is called a mother — protecting, enabling, surrounding, and beautifying.

This Sunday, be sure to celebrate the mothers in your life. Monday, do not forget to join us for the May holinessbanner articles and updates.

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